News from Tsegyalgar East

by Emily Luhrs

There is much energy gathering around our Summer Sangha Retreat. Summers at Tsegyalgar East have always been the time for friends traveling from across North America and beyond to receive Rinpoches teachings. Since Rinpoches passing, we have continued our Summer gatherings at our retreat land, Khandroling, where Rinpoche had many dreams of clarity, in which he received many Longsal teachings of Gomadevi, including Vajra Dance. We are looking forward to joining together (in-person and continuing to connect virtually) this July to practice for the enlightenment of all and enjoy being together as a Santi Maha Sangha.

Tsegyalgar East is happy to share we had a well attended and enthusiastic Beginners Yantra Yoga Class over 3 Sundays in this Spring. Paula Barry, our beloved Level 2 Instructor, guided 40 yogis from around the world over Zoom, while teaching from our Gonpa for the first time in over a year. We learned Preliminaries, 9 Breathings for Exhaling the Stale Air, 5 Tsigjong (Loosening the Joints), and 8 Lungsang (Movements for purifying the Prana). 

On the last day, Menpa Phuntsog Wangmola offered some wisdom of how the movements pertain to our internal elements and energy. The students were eager to continue learning and Paula is now leading a weekly Friday class to continue into the 1st series.

Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo and Paula Barry at the Yantra Yoga class.

You are welcome to join us if you have taken beginner class or want to refresh your practice!  It was great to connect with so many new people and others reconnecting with the Dzogchen Community after some years.

Weve been continuing our monthly Tibetan Dream Yoga (public class) and Practice of Natural Light sessions led by SMS and Dream Yoga instructor Michael Katz, with around 100 people each time. Extra thanks to our interpreters of Russian, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese for further connecting us all.  Michael has led us in semdzins and Inner Rushen practices specifically to assist our dream practice, before relaxing us into a guided nap.

Committed practitioners have continued to learn weekly from Santi Maha Sangha instructor Steve Landsberg, who has been carrying on our Wednesday Practices of the Precious Vase, a continuation of our Summer 2020 course, Opening the Doors to Practice.”

Thank you all our devoted students and generous instructors.

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